News

Jan 6 rioter who chased Capitol cop near Senate chambers found guilty of all charges

Jan 6 rioter who chased Capitol cop near Senate chambers found guilty of all charges
ADVERTISEMENT



CNN

Douglas Jensen, a January 6, 2021 rioter at the forefront of a group pursuing U.S. Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman near the Senate chamber, was found guilty Friday night by a jury in Washington, DC on charges related to the attack.

Jensen was found guilty of each of the seven charges filed by the government, including assaulting, obstructing or resisting an officer and obstructing official proceedings, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, although the guidelines for the Jensen’s conviction will likely be much lower. Five of the charges were misdemeanors and two were misdemeanors.

ADVERTISEMENT

At the trial, Jensen’s attorney, Christopher Davis, told the jury that before Jan. 6, Jensen had fallen down an Internet “rabbit hole” and became a follower of the conspiracy theory known as QAnon. As part of that, Jensen believed officers would begin arresting elected officials during the riots who opposed President Donald Trump’s efforts to halt certification, Davis said, including Vice President Mike Pence.

Rather than arrest Pence, officers — including Goodman — defended the Capitol from the onslaught of rioters. Jensen chased Goodman up the stairs near the Senate Chamber with a mob behind him as the officer led them away from the Senators still inside.

According to prosecutors, Jensen was one of the first 10 rioters to break into the building that day.

He is sentenced on December 16.

ADVERTISEMENT1

Leave a Comment